The government has tried to place responsibility upon the municipalities and upon the wheat board. Certainly that responsibility cannot be placed on the municipality, so far as the distribution of feed and fodder is concerned. We understand that the winter allotment expired on March 5, and the spring requirement was supposed to be distributed. I have a statement from a reeve of a municipality showing that on April 22 they were short by thirty per cent the amount of their seed allotment.
I say we cannot accept the statement from the Minister of Agriculture, when he charges that the responsibility is that of the wheat board or of the municipality. I have before me a statement by Mr. Taggart, the minister of agriculture in the province. This interview dated April 23 is very interesting because he makes the following statement:
The farmer finds it hard to understand why there should be grain in the elevator right next door, and yet he cannot have it released.
Tlie article goes on to say:
He did not have knowledge-
Said the minister of agriculture, Mr. Taggart:
*-that down in the northeast corner of the province more than 35,000 bushels of grain were ordered moved out by the wheat board to another point, when that grain was definitely needed in the area where it was to supply requirements. He explains this by stating that it may have been a clerical oversight due to limited knowledge of geography of that area.
What a lame excuse for a responsible minister of any government to make, when asked to give an explanation that there had been an oversight on the part of some official who did not know his geography. We want to know the reason for the delay. It may be that the wheat has not yet been paid for and the grain companies who sold it to the board were not prepared to release wheat this year until the provincial government had paid for it.
Subtopic: MEASURE FOR ALLEVIATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS